THE National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) recommends offering amnesty to communist guerrillas.
National Security Council Adviser and NTF-Elcac Vice Chairman Clarita Carlos made the recommendation at a press conference at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Commissioned Officers Club on Friday.
Members of the executive committee of the government’s anti-insurgency machinery also pledged to continue the NTF-Elcac under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
NTF-Elcac offers amnesty to the rebels
Carlos said amnesty would be offered to rebels in areas that are geographically problematic, isolated and difficult.
He said the executive committee had recommended reaffirming the importance of a whole-of-nation approach in addressing the root cause of the insurgency.
“We recommend further commitment to implement and enhance the programs of the various NTF-Elcac groups in public services, empowering local governments, strengthening collaboration with stakeholders, ensuring peace and law enforcement in communities, providing appropriate assistance to former rebels and former violent extremists., and working towards real healing and reconciliation, ”he said.
The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army- National Democratic Hope (CPP-NPA-NDF)
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., presidential adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, reiterated that the Marcos administration will not hold peace negotiations with Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the exiled leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army- National Democratic Hope (CPP-NPA-NDF).
Galvez said the task force will continue to seek localized peace agreements with leftist groups that show “authentic and genuine” intentions to negotiate with the government.
“Based on our assessment within 50 years of our negotiations, we did not get anything good in the national peace talks (Based on our assessment of 50 years of negotiations, nothing good came of national peace talks),” he said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP)
Other board members representing the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), AFP, Office of the Solicitor General, Department of National Defense and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples shared Carlos’ feelings. and Galvez.
PNP Officer in Charge (OIC) LtGen. Vicente Dupa Danao Jr. assured. to the Marcos administration that “we are committed to fighting terrorists, and we also want to make sure we do everything we can.”
DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, representing Interior Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr., reaffirmed the department’s commitment to the goals and mandate, which includes the anti-communist task force.
Armed Forces Chief of Staff Andres Centino said the military would “be todo out in achieving peace.”
The OIC Defense department
The OIC Defense department, Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr., clarified that the issue of red-tagging did not come from the Defense community.
The CPP and its affiliated organizations are listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Philippines.
In a statement, NTF-Elcac spokesman for Legal Affairs Flosemer Chris Gonzales said the communist rebels “don’t care how the families” of their recruits feel who died for a “useless” that purpose.
“The CPP-NPA-NDF is a godless, heartless, soulless and hungry monster that is devouring the youth of our country and wasting precious lives in their quest for power. It must stop. The worthless must stop. after the death of our youth, “Gonzales said.
How many more lives will the CPP-NPA-NDF waste to satisfy their lust for power?
“How many more lives will the CPP-NPA-NDF waste to satisfy their lust for power? For every child recruited by the CPP-NPA-NDF, a family has to endure the tragedy of seeing a loved one who wasted himself. life for a lost purpose that lost all sense of meaning and of humanity, “he said.
Gonzales called on people who underestimate the reality of youth recruitment in schools, colleges and universities across the country, saying former communist recruits have testified that they have been lured into joining the armed struggle by political organizations. -facing during their university.